In the not-too distant future advances in bio-technology enable people to transfer their own minds into the bodies of others. People can now travel by having their consciousness transmitted instantly anywhere in the world ... more »where it can inhabit another persons body. Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. Release Date: 03/22/2005 Starring: Stephen Baldwin Kyle Maclachlan Run time: 109 minutes Rating: R« less
Lee Armstrong | Winterville, NC United States | 01/20/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Director Allan Moyle who helmed "Pump Up the Volume" directed this sci-fi blast. It's an interesting film that keeps us mostly engaged. The film opens with a "smart bullet," a weapon that looks like a missile that can hang in the air seeking its target, that swoops down and takes out one corporate executive, an internal body explosion. Stefan Toller is the character who is played by three actors. He starts out as Kim Coates who has appeared in "Waterworld" and "Black Hawk Down." Toller is called into his boss' office who is "floating," which is the term used when a body transfer is done. Toller sees his boss in the body of the hunky trainer lounging behind the desk while the trainer sweats and strains on the exercise equipment in the boss' body. Toller gets told that there's a meeting in San Francisco in two hours which he must attend. Despite Toller's objections to "floating," he heads off to Xchange to be projected into Kyle MacLachlan's body. Now Toller as MacLachlan heads off to the corporate meeting where we find that the son of the corporate exec who was killed as the film opened is about to take over the company. MacLachlan has to stay overnight in San Francisco, reminding us of some airlines' travel restrictions, which is enough time to head to a pick-up bar and have wild crazed sex in another's man's body. "So, is that your full-time body?" the nymphomaniac asks at the bar. As fate would have it, when MacLachlan returns to xchange back with his own body, he finds that it has been taken by a terrorist and that if they can't find it within a week, he'll die. Brave guy that he is, he gets to the clone room. Numerous clones work around the cities and all look like Stephen Baldwin. Baldwin, who as an actor has worked in more so-so flicks than most would in a career (Friends & Lovers, Slap Shot 2), then becomes the Stefan Toller's 3rd host, but only has 2 days before the clone disintegrates. Baldwin, of course heads back to New York to find his body. In the process we encounter more cool devices like the monofilament, a string that can cut through anything, including Balwin's own finger. Canadian actress Pascale Bussieres does a nice job. While certainly not a perfect movie by any stretch of the imagination, Xchange has enough originality to keep you entertained. Kim Coates does a particularly nice job of playing Toller and the terrorist at different points. Enjoy!"
Well crafted, original, and very entertaining.
jjimi | Seattle, WA USA | 06/13/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Xchange shows how much can be accomplished in the sci-fi arena with a modest budget when you have a highly original script, good actors, and a director with imagination and style. This movie grabs you in the first scene and keeps you guessing as its plot veers from one explosive-but-believable turn to the next. You have to give credit to a film whose main character is played by three different actors and yet still manages to make the audience care deeply about his fate. Kyle MacLachlan gives a powerful and sympathetic performance as a man who has literally lost his body."
Better than expected
SRFireside | Houston, TX United States | 03/10/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For a made-for-cable looking science fiction movie it?s not half bad. The theme has a strong Philip K. Dick feel to it (Blade Runner, Total Recall and Minority Report are based on his books). That theme is about technology and how it can affect people on a personal and social level, especially if the technology involves your identity. In that area X Change succeeds in doing something fresh and engaging compared to other movies of its ilk.
First let me say right off the bat when I call this a made-for-cable movie I mean it. The budget and cinematography show this in spades. As far as the future is concerned it pretty much looks the same as it does now. Only one futuristic car in streets full of average vehicles, furnishings and décor aren?t any different, even things like exercise equipment is the same. You will find a few nice futuristic techie toys though like a personal homing missile and that old cyberpunk weapon of choice: the monowire. Of course there are other little technology things there that move the story, but if it doesn?t carry the story in any way you won?t see it here.
In spite of the lack of sci-fi decorum X Change does have it where it counts, and that?s the story. It?s interesting how the whole switching of consciousness between bodies plays in this movie. Philip Dick would be proud. I like how it plays in society and how the movie really digs in the point on the dangers of such a technology. It?s interesting seeing the main character move from actor to actor and how each of the actors portrays him. I have to give credit to Billy Baldwin, Kim Coates and Kyle MacLachlan for their performances of not only the lead character, but also the other personalities they zap back and forth from.
There is a good deal nudity, sexual situations and to a lesser extent some graphic voilence so be mindful of that if you are going to watch this movie with the kids. Granted the production values make it look like a TV show and the parts of the story do fall into the HBO/Showtime derivative movie trap. But just behind that plastic exterior is an engaging story with some interesting plot twists. If plots like those from Minority Report or 6th Day interest you then give X Change a look. "
Out of Time. Out of Bodies.
cookieman108 | Inside the jar... | 07/07/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Not a bad sci-fi thriller. Imagine if you could exchange bodies with another, your mind in their body and vice versa. That's the premise behind this futuristic thriller. The movie starts off with with a corporate business man in New York having to attend a meeting in LA on short notice, so he must exchange minds with another. He is hesitant, as he doesn't care for the technology, but he is given no choice by his superior. Once his mind is in another body, he sort of enjoys the benefits, but then finds out the person who is now inhabiting his body in New York is really a corporate terrorist and has stolen his body by not returning at the predesignated time for transfer. Seeing as how the body that he now inhabits was stolen from someone else, he must vacate it and inhabit the body of a clone (Stephen Baldwin). The clone bodies are used for dangerous work, and are extra strong but only have a very limited life span, so if he is unable to find his own body and transfer his mind back, he will perish. I thought this was pretty well done, the plot lines, the intrigue. The story is of a much higher caliber than you would usually see in a lower budget movie like this, and all the actors seem to perform very well in their parts. That being said, there were a few of parts in the movie that were unnecesary. The car chase scene near the end where they are racing along the docks and knock over some poorly positioned yet highly explosive barrels seemed to have no reason for being there whatsoever. Also, the couple of scenes showing the guided missle flying around above the city were not needed, and only took away from the element of suprise when that particular thread of the story came to fruitition. A few weaknesses, but I thought overall the movie was well directed and the story moved along nicely with thought given to the characters and plots. Given some of Stephen Balwdins past movie roles, Fled, Bio-Dome, The Flinstones In Viva Rock Vegas, Slap Shot 2, I wasn't expecting much from this movie, but I plesantly suprised. I would probably give this movie 3 1/2 stars had I had the option."
A Thrill Ride Unlike Baldwin's Usual DTV-Originals...
cookieman108 | 06/16/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As long as you can keep pace during the first 10 minuets, as long as you can remember who's body has been Xchanged to who's and which one was stolen..this unique Sci-Fi action flick is smart and interesting. Kim Coates (Who I remember most from his supporting role as 'Gronky' in 'The Client' (1994) and Lethal Tender (1997), has his best role yet as the rich corporate leader who becomes the evil character when his body is exchanged with another to facilitate a buisness trip to CA. Toffler (MacLachlan) who in his new body on the West Coast panics when learning of the theft and misuse of his exchange in NY. He steals a deactivated clone (Baldwin) and then runs from police and the corporate terrorist (Coates) who has control of his body. The movie does'nt produce any Academy Award winning performances, but its' no surprise to anyone who willingly watches it..who cares. The film is full of cool and odd special FX usually involving dangerous weapons that are an impossibility in real life. The scenerio is interesting in it's originality, when the characters can be tracked by the XChange program through the use of computerized ID tags that every human in this era must carry. One of my particular favorite things are the advanced computer systems in people's homes that can do anything by voice command, but are still glitched in comical ways. Along with the sexy big B* who heads the XChange corporation and finds time out of her corporate kill-and-mangle schedual to get wildly (loved and adored) in her bed, while discussing plans at the same time with her evil boyfriend...the movie produces 5 or 10 interesting characters with unique motives and strengths to carry it's futuristic story and suspense through the usual 'good guy runs, bad guys get killed and good women who have sex with them' scenerio. XChange is a better movie than ANYthing else Stephen Baldwin has done, belive me his movies are aweful. Most are the just the common Patrick Bergen-Like B-Movies that can't be taken seriously because of there cheezyness, predictability and ultimately their explicitness which knocks them out of the mainstream and sends them right to the Blockbuster Video rack. XChange though is a good thrill ride thats' sexy, smart, action/filled (I would'nt say packed) and certainly well-casted."